[robotics-worldwide] Research Scientist Position at MIT for Navigation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

John Leonard jleonard at mit.edu
Mon Jan 11 13:11:30 PST 2010

Research Scientist
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks candidates for a
research scientist position in the Marine Robotics Laboratory, to
perform independent research in the fields of navigation, mapping,
motion planning, and control for autonomous mobile robots, with an
emphasis on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and other mobile
robot systems.  Research projects will involve the development of
persistent Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms for
mobile robots operating in complex, dynamic environments.  The
position will entail taking a leadership role in the development and
field testing of feature-based navigation algorithms for small
low-cost AUVs equipped with side-scan and forward-look sonar
sensors. Other opportunities include visual SLAM for land and air
vehicles and development of cooperative distributed mapping by
heterogeneous robot teams.


An advanced degree in a relevant engineering discipline, at least at
the M.S. level, but preferably a Ph.D. Must have several years of
experience in mobile robotics and related disciplines, with an
emphasis on the development of algorithms and software for navigation
and mapping of mobile robotics.  Strong C++ programming experience is
an absolute requirement. Experience with underwater vehicles, acoustic
sensing, and/or computer vision highly desirable. Must have a strong
interest in working with and educating a highly motivated and skilled
group of students and post-docs associated with the laboratory.

Interested candidates may apply at:


For more information contact John Leonard (jleonard at mit.edu)

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